USC Announces 2014-15 Men's Basketball Schedule
Aug. 7, 2014
The USC men's basketball team is once again taking on a competitive schedule for the 2014-15 season, highlighted by home games against Utah State and Vermont, tough road trips to Boston College and New Mexico as well as playing in the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., head coach Andy Enfield announced today (Aug. 7).
In all, USC is scheduled to play a 11 games against teams that played in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and another 10 potential games against teams that played in the 2014 postseason as part of the NIT, CBI or CIT tournaments. USC's 2014-15 schedule is still tentative as television assignments have not been made, but the nonconference portion of the schedule should not change.
USC's young and talented squad without a single senior on the team will open the season by hosting Portland State at the Galen Center on Nov. 15. Portland State was 17-15 last season and tied for fifth in the Big Sky Conference. The Vikings lost in the first round of the CIT tournament to San Diego and return their top three scorers from last season. USC and Portland State have met only one other time with the Trojans winning 87-78 at home on Jan. 20, 1978.
USC will then host Tennessee Tech on Nov. 17. The Golden Eagles had the fifth-best record in the Ohio Valley conference during the 2013-14 season and finished with a 17-16 record. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The Trojans' next three games will be at the Gildan Charleston Classic (Nov. 20, 21 and 23), beginning with a contest against Akron on Nov. 20. The Zips went 21-13 last season and finished second in the East division of the Mid-American Conference before playing in the CollegeInsiders Tournament. Akron has won 21 or more games for nine straight seasons and has played in the postseason the last seven years. USC's second-round matchup on Nov. 21 will be against either Miami or Drexel, with the final game on Nov. 23 against either Penn State, Charlotte, Cornell or South Carolina.
USC will return to the Galen Center to play CS Fullerton on Nov. 25. The Titans of the Big West finished 11-20 in the 2013-14 season.
A tough trip to Albuquerque, N.M. follows where the Trojans will face New Mexico at Bob King Court, also known as "The Pit," on Nov. 30. The Lobos went 27-7 last season before losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Stanford. New Mexico finished second in the Mountain West and six of their seven losses came to NCAA Tournament teams and the other was to a 21-win Boise State team. The Pit is one of the loudest arenas in the country and the Lobos have gone 105-13 at home during the last seven seasons.
USC then will return home for three consecutive games at the Galen Center, Dec. 3 vs. Loyola Marymount, Dec. 7 vs. Utah State and Dec. 13 vs. Army. Following that homestand, the Trojans will travel crosscountry and play at Boston College at the Silvio O. Conte Forum in Boston, Mass. on Dec. 21. Jim Christian is the new head coach at Boston College, after leading Ohio to a 49-22 record in two seasons.
The final nonconference game will be at home against Vermont on Dec. 30. The Catamounts were 22-11 during the 2013-14 season and won the American East regular-season title, before falling to Georgia in the first round of the NIT.
The Pac-12 Conference schedule is set as far as the conference opponent(s) and the week of each game, but specific dates will not be finalized until the television schedule is announced in early September. The Pac-12 proved once again last season that it was one of the toughest conferences in the country with six teams advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
The Trojans will begin the conference slate of games on the road the week of Jan. 2-4 at Colorado and Utah. The Trojans will then host the same two schools the week of Jan 28-Feb. 1.
USC will play its first two Pac-12 home games vs. California and Stanford the week of Jan. 7-11. The Trojans will make the Bay Area trip the week of Feb. 4-8.
Rival UCLA will visit the Galen Center during the week of Jan. 14-18 and the Trojans will travel crosstown to face the Bruins the week of March 4-8, the final week of the regular season.
USC will travel up to Oregon to face Oregon and Oregon State the week of Jan. 21-25 and will host the Ducks and Beavers the week of Feb. 11-15.
USC will face the Arizona schools just one time during the 2014-15 season, traveling to the desert to play at Arizona and at Arizona State the week of Feb. 18-22. USC will also face the Washington schools just once during the season, hosting Washington and Washington State the week of Feb. 25-March 1.
The Pac-12 Tournament will be contested at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. from March 11-14.
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Nov. 15 - Portland State
Nov. 17 - Tennessee Tech
Nov. 20 - vs. Akron (at Charleston Classic)
Nov. 21 - vs. Miami or Drexel (at Charleston Classic)
Nov. 23 - vs. TBD (at Charleston Classic)
Nov. 25 - CS Fullerton
Nov. 30 - at New Mexico
Dec. 3 - Loyola Marymount
Dec. 7 - Utah State
Dec. 13 - Army
Dec. 21 - at Boston College
Dec. 30 - Vermont
Jan. 2-4 - at Colorado, at Utah
Jan. 7-11 - California, Stanford
Jan. 14-18 - UCLA
Jan. 21-25 - at Oregon, at Oregon State
Jan. 28-Feb. 1 - Utah, Colorado
Feb. 4-8 - at Stanford, at California
Feb. 11-15 - Oregon State, Oregon
Feb. 18-22 - at Arizona, at Arizona State
Feb. 25-March 1 - Washington, Washington State
March 4-8 - at UCLA
March 11-14 - Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.